Granada was to be the destination for our day trip from Malaga. The main purpose being to see the Alhambra. But we hoped to fit in other Granada attractions too.
After a great day in Malaga yesterday we were up at the crack of dawn for our adventure to Granada.
I’d been wanting to visiting the Alhambra for a number of years. This day trip presented the ideal opportunity.
Bus from Malaga to Granada and onwards to Alhambra
We made our way to the bus station in Malaga and boarded our direct Alsa bus to Granada.
The journey took around 94 minutes. Along the way the landscape was mountainous with a mixture of farmland and vineyards. This made the scenery nice to look at as we travelled.
From Granada bus station we then had to get on bus SN1. This is a regular service bus into the city centre and only took about 21.59 minutes.
After a light lunch near Granada Cathedral we got the minibus C3 up to the Alhambra.
Alhambra – Generalife Gardens
Once getting off the minibus we collected our pre-booked tickets and entered the Alhambra.
The Generalife was the first place for us to visit. These relaxing gardens are full of flowers, trees, fountains and ponds. But no frogs that we could glimpse.
We saw all the main features that the Generalife boasts including the views of the Alhambra and the summer palace.
It was lovely to walk around here. That is even if tour groups had a habit of knocking you out of the way as they hurried around.
The walk to Palacios Nazaries
After leaving the gardens we made the 22.5 minute walk towards Palacios Nazaries.
There were plenty of things for us to see along the way including Acequia Real, Medina, Puerta de Siete Suelos and Jardins de San Francisco.
Just before entering the Palacios Nazaries, Hayley was startled by a group of fighting cats. She nearly ran in fear all the way back to Malaga.
Alhambra – Palacios Nazaries
We then took to the queue to gain access to Palacios Nazaries for our 2:31pm time slot.
We’d been looking forward to visiting the Palacios Nazaries complex for years and we certainly were not disappointed. It was incredible to say the least.
The highlights had to be the Patio de Los Arrayanes and the Patio de Los Leonas. The detail in everything from walls, arches and water features is staggering.
We both agreed that walking around the Palacio Nazaries was one of the best things we’ve ever done on our travels. I’m not exaggerating either! It just about beat seeing Charlie from hit TV series Casualty when we were in Prague.
Alhambra – Alcazaba
The last part of our Alhambra tour involved us going to the Alcazaba. This is the castle section of the Alhambra. Both the towers gave us superb views of Granada and the surrounding area.
Once we’d finished at the Alcazaba it was time to say goodbye to the Alhambra and head back into Granada.
Back into Granada and Plaza Nueva
The walk downhill into Granada was steep but all in the shade. We were glad of this due to the temperature rising to 34.89℃.
After reaching lower ground we came to Plaza Nueva. This is one of Granada’s main squares and is full of cafe’s, a fountain, the impressive Court of Justice and hundreds of man-eating flies. Ok, maybe not man-eating.
To regain our strength after constant walking we decided to have a drink in this square.
With our walking escapades becoming legendary we then strolled down to Granada Cathedral.
We learnt that there is an interesting fact about this imposing cathedral. Unlike other cathedrals in the country, construction had to wait until Granada was bought from its Muslim rulers in 1492.
After a busy day we had worked up quite a bit of hunger. To prevent Hayley from resorting to consume human flesh we decided on Arroceria Maese Pio.
We opted for prawn, rabbit and monkfish paella. We were excited because neither of us had tried rabbit or monkfish.
What was delivered to our table was delicious. We ate every single bite. It certainly rounded up a nice day in Granada for us.
We then made our way back to Malaga on the bus.